Precision and Analytical balances
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The Sartorius weighing scales family consists of high quality balances setting new standards. The scales have been designed to provide as much assistance to users in the daily work as possible.
The precision balance
Developed jointly with the analytical balance, there are close similarities between the ergonomical, durability and design requirements. The Sartorius weighing scale family is a new development in which both the usability and manufacturing process were put under the microscope in order to develop the optimum product range. The design focuses on supporting the user as best as possible in the working environment where it will be used by a diverse range of users – from students to vastly experienced professionals. These scales combine all aspects into one common goal; to provide optimal support on a day to day basis whilst simplifying the overall workflow. Along with the user interface, the human interface is also designed to perfection – easy to clean and equally easy to use either standing up or sitting down. They fit seamlessly into the workplace with a timeless design.
Last but not least, the precision and quality of these scales convey that they are specifically Sartorius products.
Sartorius have analysed a specific target user group in advance in order to identify and understand what makes the perfect balance, with the findings providing an important foundation for the design development. Parallel to this, the Corpus-C team developed five production processes and then discussed the best of these processes for the product range with Sartorius. Based on these discussions, Corpus-C developed and visualized various design concepts to present to Sartorius. To better understand the physical properties of the designs, Corpus-C produced mock up models which were tested and assessed by different international focus groups.
A design was then selected and a 3D CAD model created by Corpus-C which was then detailed and refined in conjunction with Sartorius who then produced the tooling.
The analytical balance
The key difference from the precision balances is the ability to accurately measure in the smallest units, which are exact up to 0.1mg (0.0001g). Thus, in order to prevent results being falsified, a windbreak is required. The door can be opened from the front or via the sides in order to access the weighing area. By closing the doors, air is prevented from swirling around the weighing chamber, thus altering the results.
Furthermore, the windshield can be quickly and easily disassembled in order to clean it. The tool to perform this task is built into the windshield and as such, is always close to hand.
The base units of both balances were developed in tandem, however the windshield design and construction posed an extra challenge. The windshield should be as ‘invisible’ to the user as possible so as to not impair their view. Simultaneously it must be stable but only take a few simple steps to be dismantled easily.